The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE TIDE OF BLOOD #1 from IDW Publishing. Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col write, and Andy Belanger draws.

The war has been won, but not for Romeo. He has lost his Juliet to Hamlet, and the Prodigal army is preparing for the inevitable invasion by the armies of Titus. But when Romeo has a prophetic dream, no one listens until Miranda arrives to warn them of her father Prospero’s plans. So the team begins their journey to stop him and save the world.

The thing I like about this story, believe it or not, is how different it is from Shakespeare’s works. The characters feel true to the stories they come from (the dialogue is a big part of that—kudos to the writers), but that’s where the similarities end. This becomes an epic “journey to the end of the earth” story in a way that hooks my interest. The people are familiar, but the story is not what we’re used to from them.

These guys have turned valiant Romeo into a reluctant, fragile shell with little to fight for. And they’ve done it in a way so that I’m looking forward to seeing if he can pull himself out of it. Check this one out.

KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE TIDE OF BLOOD #1 is available now at your FLCS or by order from idwpublishing.com.